He didnt have a single light bulb moment, but there were a few turning points. He wanted to look good for his wedding. He had some health issues that forced him to re-evaluate his nutrition. But the biggest turning point came when his baby son fell and had to go to the hospital. After the shock wore off, Ekpanyaskun says, I made a commitment to myself to get stronger and faster to always have the ability to catch him and keep him safe, as best as I could.
Just after he turned 40, he started Jeremy Ethier’s . He weighed about 165 pounds, with a of 25 percent. He started hitting the gym again after a five-year absence, recognizing that at his age, he needed more time to recoverand had to be more careful about preventing injury in the first place. With a busy schedule, hed workout early in the morning on weekends, up at four AM and back by seven AM to have breakfast with his family; he alternated between heavy weight workouts (focused on six main lifts: deadlift, squat, bench press, incline dumbbell press, pull-ups, and overhead press) and prehab and mobility work.
The biggest change happened in his diet. Hed been eating cleanfocusing on food from naturebut he also realized that with his schedule, he was very close to doing 16:8 (16 hours of fasting, with an eight-hour window for eating). The only thing he had to change was having milk in his morning coffee; that had to go. Pretty soon a 16:8 fast was a normal everyday thing for me, he says. When work got busy, it sometimes became 18:6 or 20:4.
Intermittent Fasting Helped This Guy Lose 40 Lbs
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I was amazed at the level of energy I had despite not having eaten for up to 20 hours, he says. He decided to do an experiment: He fasted for 19 hours and then hit the gym. He could do all the lifts at heavy weight, hitting the prescribed reps and feeling like he hadnt lost any energy. This experiment really made me question the necessity of the 3 meals per day protocol that I had grown up with, he says. After training, of course, he ate like a horse.
In just about ten months, he went from 165 to 121 pounds. His dropped from 25 to 11 percent. I felt stronger than ever before, he says. I felt like I was at my physical peak as a 40 year old.
Looking back at what worked for him, he says believing in himself and finding small ways to improve every day got him to where he is. There is no magic that will change you overnight or over a weekend, he says. But by finding those little improvements every day, youre always moving forward, getting better. Have faith in yourself, he says.